Skating on the Rideau Canal
Take a skate along the world’s largest skating rink! Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is transformed into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. The world-famous skateway winds it way through the heart of Ottawa, stretching from downtown to Dows Lake.
The Rideau Canal skate season typically runs from January to late February. Check the ice conditions (613-239-5234) for up-to-date information.
Grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal!
Washrooms are open daily, from 8 am to 10 pm. All washrooms are universally accessible.
Located on the ice near the following:
Located on land at:
Parking near the Rideau Canal Skateway includes the following locations:
Picnic tables and food and beverage vendors are located on the ice near the following:
Open daily, from 11 am to 10 pm or longer.
|Please note that services are available only in the open sections of the Skateway. Hours of operation may change without notice.|
You can rent skates and sleighs, sharpen your skates and check your boots at these locations on the Rideau Canal Skateway:
Mondays to Sundays, 10 am to 10 pm
Fridays, 6 pm to 10 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 10 pm
Mondays to Fridays, 9:30 am to 10 pm
Saturdays, 9 am to 10 pm
Sundays, 9 am to 9 pm
For more information, see the Rideau Canal Skateway Visitor Information page.